Reuters British and Canadian tourists were warned to stay inside their Montego Bay resorts in Jamaica after a spate of violence led officials there to deploy soldiers and declare a state of emergency. Police have said they will take a zero tolerance approach to crime in the parish of St.
And most ordinary Jamaicans think that "high level" corruption is rife. Corruption is holding back economic development of the island and destroying our ecolgy, while enriching those who are corrupt.
The following NIA video is lengthy 58 minutesbut worth watching if you wish to learn about some major cases of corruption, being investigated. Do they have any hope of succeeding???
I sincerely hope so for the sake of our island. But will corruption itself, or partisanship, shackle them??? But over two and a half million people live on our island, and most of them see little of this violence.
And fortunately, tourists see even less of the violence or crime in Jamaica. I have visited a lot of countries and cities around the world. And I have felt in a lot more danger in the wrong part of down town Miami So my only advice to visitors who want to travel around the island and experience the real Jamaica is to get advice from local Jamaicans as to where not to go before you set off on exploring Jamaica.
Just be sensible as you would be back home. And treat the local Jamaicans that you meet with respect, and as equals, even if they are poorer than you are. Lack of money does not make them any less of a person than you are. They do not mean to intimidate or harass you - they are a friendly happy people, and are merely trying to eke out a living.
So come visit, explore sensibly and enjoy your journey. I was disgusted to read a post in one of the major online travel forums made by a Senior Manager at one of our Ocho Rios all inclusive resorts telling visitors that it would not be safe for them to visit Jamaica unless they stayed in an all inclusive resort - by inference his.
I always thought "Run Down" was a local dish made from mackerel And this is not an isolated incident. Staff at major resorts are frequently advising guests not to venture out of their resort. Your favourite travel firm reaps a far greater reward by selling you Their main aim is to sell you a vacation package for as much as you are willing to pay They will use the fear of violence as persuasion.
Fear of something is the major technique used in most most selling. Our competitors in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico would like to keep you thinking that there is a high level of crime in Jamaica, and that it is unsafe here. Other people have an axe to grind for their own personal reasons.
Over the years I have seen some documentaries that have made me wonder if there was another Jamaica somewhere that I knew nothing about.Crime and Violence in Jamaica IDB Series on Crime and Violence in the Caribbean Anthony D. Harriott Marlyn Jones IDB-TN Institutions for Development and.
CHAPTER 6: CRIME AND ITS IMPACT ON BUSINESS IN JAMAICA I. INTRODUCTION—CRIME AND DEVELOPMENT Jamaica has the one of the highest rates of violent crime in . Violence and Crime in Jamaica.
Do we really have high levels of violence and crime in Jamaica? Undoubtedly, yes, but most of it is restricted to certain hot spots, as it is in every other country in the world. And m ost ordinary Jamaicans think that "high level" corruption is rife.
The Canadian government warns against travelling to the popular Jamaican destination of Montego Bay, and if you're already there, to remain in the resorts due to an increase in violent crime.
In , Jamaica saw an increase in murders but a reported decrease in other serious, violent crimes. It is believed that the rise in murders can be attributed in part to violence perpetrated by gangs involved in lottery scamming.
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